In California schools there are thousands of children from Mexico who don’t speak Spanish or English. There’s a growing group of students who speak Mixteco. In the last ten years the number has grown from 600 to more than 2000 students.
In one elementary school in Watsonville, California, reporter Rowan Moore Gerety spoke with a couple of teachers dealing with the challenge of trilingual students. There were no school books for children learning Spanish, English and Mixteco, so these teachers wrote one themselves.
Photos courtesy of reporter.
Rowan Moore Gerety is a writer and radio producer based in California. He is a news reporter for KAZU, the NPR station in Monterey Bay. He is a regular contributor to Marketplace and has produced radio stories for All Things Considered, Only a Game, Living on Earth, and The California Report.